Love your stripes this spring! Lines are horizontal, vertical, thick, thin, many hued or monochromatic.

For years mothers have told their daughters that horizontal stripes do the female figure no favours and that vertical ones are more flattering. As a result, many women have spent their lives avoiding horizontal hoops for fear of looking fat.

So when Dr Peter Thompson, a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of York, announced that horizontal stripes actually make you look thinner, many breathed a collective sigh of relief.

After all, horizontal stripes have become a perennial favourite…here are some of our favourites…

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